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The Mercury News: San Jose, Oakland may require grocers to give ‘hazard pay’ to front line workers

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The Milpitas Beat: Milpitas passes labor and wage theft ordinance

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South Bay Labor Council stands in solidarity with #JusticeforGeorgeFloyd and #BlackLivesMatter

Our hearts are heavy with grief and rage at the recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the many senseless killings we have seen over our lifetime. We always must name and condemn the white supremacy and anti-Black racism that permeates our society, but especially now that we are suffering from a deadly pandemic that disproportionately impacts poor communities of color. 

As the labor movement in the South Bay, we stand in solidarity with George Floyd’s family,  Black communities and organizers in Minnesota and around the country who  demand justice in his name. Locally, we stand in solidarity with San Jose Silicon Valley NAACP in seeking justice for the murder of George Floyd. 

These are tumultuous times but we must remember the lessons and values we hold as a labor movement. On January 1962, Martin Luther King’s letter to the Amalgamated Laundry Workers stated:

"As I have said many times, and believe with all my heart, the coalition that can have the greatest impact in the struggle for human dignity here in America is that of the Negro and the forces of labor, because their fortunes are so closely intertwined.” 

Our fortunes are intertwined and we must and will continue to fight for reforms in policing. We must address issues of racial and economic inequality in all its forms. We must dismantle the systems of oppression that pit us against each other. We must love each other and support each other. 

Now more than ever, our work towards racial and economic justice continues.

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The Mercury News: San Jose to explore using its $2 billion investment portfolio to address budget shortfalls

By Maggie Angst
May 20, 2020

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San Jose spotlight: Judge orders full signature recount for San Jose ballot measure

by Nadia Lopez
May 11, 2020

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San Jose spotlight: Santa Clara County union suspends strike, agrees to voluntary mediation

by Adam F. Hutton
November 4, 2019

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NBC Bay Area: San Jose Housing Advocates Push to Block More Developer Incentives

By Damian Trujillo
October 31, 2019

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SFGATE: Officials Push For 2020 Fair Elections Initiative Friday

by Bay City News Service
October 11, 2019

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San Jose spotlight: Strike begins for thousands of Santa Clara County workers

by Adam F. Hutton
October 2, 2019

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KQED News: San Jose Considers Extending Incentives for High Rise Developers Downtown

by Rachael Myrow
September 21, 2019

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